Gymnast coach sentenced to up to 175 years for sexually abusing U.S. girls gymnast team members... Simone Biles speaks out
Carol Ozemhoya | OW Contributor | 1/25/2018, 11:15 a.m.
Although she didn’t testify, Olympic gold medal champion Simone Biles showed total support for her present and past team mates who went up against famed girls gymnast medical doctor Larry Nassar. In an emotional Tweet after Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years for alleged sexually abuse, Biles wrote: “To Judge Aquilina… THANK YOU! YOU ARE MY HERO … and shout out to all of the survivors for being so brave and speaking like the queens that you are while looking at the monster. He will no longer have the power to steal our happiness or joy. I stand with every one of you.” Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said to the stoic Nassar during the sentencing: “I just signed your death warrant.” The seven-day hearing saw more than 150 women and girls offering statements about being sexually assaulted by Nassar. The judge ripped into the former physician, saying, “It is my honor and privilege to sentence you. You do not deserve to walk outside a prison ever again. You have done nothing to control those urges and anywhere you walk, destruction will occur to those most vulnerable.” She added that Nassar’s conduct was “precise, calculated, manipulative, devious, despicable.” Behind the case, more trouble for Nassar. He was also sentenced to 60 years in a federal case for child pornography. Some of the testimony was graphic, as the women, some still in their teens, described how he would penetrate them with his fingers, without wearing gloves. Others described being groped and touched in areas that had nothing to do their injuries. Many of the people present in the courtroom wept throughout the testimonies.